Yale, Wagner Meet Again Wednesday In New York

Jennifer Ong  (Ken Yanagisawa photo)
Jennifer Ong (Ken Yanagisawa photo)

Yanagisawa Looks To Extend 20-Game Hitting Streak; Ong Needs One Double To Break School Record

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – There will be a couple of interesting subplots to keep an eye on when the Yale softball team plays a doubleheader at Wagner on Wednesday at 3 p.m. Rightfielder Jennifer Ong needs one double to set a new single-season school record, and second baseman Katie Yanagisawa will be looking to extend her 20-game hitting streak.

Ong, who has 14 doubles which ties the mark Megan Enyeart '09 set in 2006, is enjoying a breakout season for the Bulldogs. She leads the team in hits (40) and is second in batting (.339) and home runs (3).

As a team, Yale has 55 doubles, two shy of the school record set by the 2004 and 2006 teams.

Yanagisawa's 20-game hitting streak is the third-longest active streak in Division I softball. Northern Illinois's Stephanie Tofft has hit safely in 27 straight games, while Notre Dame's Heather Johnson has a 21-game streak. It also is the longest in recent Yale history. Laura Beckert '03 had a 17-game hitting streak in 2003.

Two Yale players were named to the Ivy League Honor Roll on Tuesday. McKynlee Westman batted .400 (4-for-10) in a four-game series with Dartmouth, while Chelsey Dunham tossed 15.1 innings, had 17 strikeouts and allowed only four earned runs (1.83 ERA).

Yale and Wagner are meeting for the second time this season. The Bulldogs blanked the Seahawks 4-0 on Mar. 12 at the Rebel Games in Florida. Dunham and Alex Lucas combined on a four-hit shutouts, and Yanagisawa, Westman and Mariclaire Rebman each had two hits.

Wagner (7-23, 5-9 NEC) is wrapping up a six-game homestand. The Seahawks split a doubleheader with Central Connecticut on Monday, winning the second game on Ashley Rollins' single in the bottom of the ninth inning. Ashley Olsen (.263) leads the team in batting.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity